A 2-Year-Old’s Death at Santa Anita: “Catastrophic Tibial Fracture with Severe Hemorrhage and Tearing of Musculature and Skin”

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments.)

Arjun, Jul 28, San Luis Rey T
“Went down along outside rail, down for five minutes. When [he] stood up, non weight-bearing: complete, displaced fracture; ruptured muscles; severe hemorrhage.” Also: “metacarpal disease.” Arjun was just three years old and had yet to be raced.

Bruce, Aug 2, Los Alamitos S
“Bruce was heard to take 4 or 5 deep gasps and then fell over in the stall and died – hypovolemic shock due to aortic rupture.” Bruce was being used as a “pony horse”; because he was not an active racer, the industry dismisses deaths like his. But let’s be clear: Bruce’s servitude was no different than his racing brethren’s. Exploitation is exploitation. Bruce, by the way, was only 16 – an equine’s prime of life. “Aortic rupture.”

Stopdropandroll, Sep 19, Golden Gate T
“[multiple] comminuted fractures; [multiple] complete ruptures”
Stopdropandroll was but two years old.

Seven Summers, Sep 30, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic left tibial fracture with severe hemorrhage and tearing of musculature and skin adjacent to the fracture. Evidence of chronic remodeling in response to cumulative (micro) damage…with resultant stress fracture formation.” And: “multifocal gastric ulceration.” Seven Summers was just two years old; she had yet to be raced.

Mary’s Great Hope, Nov 21, Golden Gate T
“Catastrophic pelvic fracture. Both iliac wings were…completely separated from the pelvis.” Mary’s Great Hope was two years old and being prepped for her debut.

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  1. Notice they’re all TRAINING injuries (except Los Al’s pony death), as these are AT LEAST as common as Racing ones. But Los Alamitos Horse Hell hasn’t admitted a single training death in nearly TEN months(!). Does anyone in the entire universe actually believe that Ol’ Doc Allred’s Super-Safe Training Track (which hosts the cheapest and lowest-level horses in the state, all YEAR-round) hasn’t even had a single morning-workout fatality in so long?
    And, remember, ALL injuries are fatal injuries when the owners don’t want to pay for their treatment. So, either they’re hustling away injured horses from Los Al, or Los Al is just not reporting their Training Kills.
    There’s simply no other explanation for their Sudden (morning) Safety.

  2. Horseracing is cruel and sadistic. The information above is proof. There are so many ways that horseracing is INHUMANE TREATMENT OF HORSES. It’s nauseating and repulsive to think that the only thing that so many people care about is the money they can spend and maybe win on gambling on racehorses while the horses are suffering in pain. So many people are completely oblivious to the PAIN that the horses must endure and tolerate. Gambling addicts want to bet on gambling chips. Stop exploiting horses!

  3. Those who are responsible for this torture and killings of horses should be ashamed of themselves! The racing of horses must be stopped.

  4. Stopdropandroll hooves look horrible. Looks like he had something going on and only 2 years old.
    Arjun laid there 5 minutes and nobody put him out of his misery. Damn poor horse. I don’t watch racing anymore.

  5. Dear Sir,
    Please make no mistake that the world is awakening to the reprehensible brutality and suffering to equines entrapped within the exploitative industry of horse racing. An increasing groundswell of people are determined to make the plight of the horses known to those who have been culturally conditioned to believe the myths and blatant untruths peddled by the industry about the subjective experience of the subjugated horses. Racing is a horror show of endemic and unmitigated proportion that should have no place whatsoever in a civilised society. Any equine ethnologist or psychologist could explain clearly and scientifically the reasons why.
    Thank you

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